How to Paint a Landscape With Watercolors


Painting outdoors is a peaceful way to enjoy a beautiful day. Keep a backpack full of painting supplies and you can be ready to go whenever the inspiration strikes.

Things You'll Need

  • Art Sets
  • Fan Watercolor Paintbrushes
  • Flat Watercolor Paintbrushes
  • Putty Erasers
  • Round Watercolor Paintbrushes
  • Watercolor Blocks
  • Watercolor Brush Cleaners
  • Watercolor Brush Holders
  • Watercolor Paintbrushes
  • Heavy Cardboard
  • Masking Tape
  • Facial Facial Tissues
  • Water Containers
  • Pencils
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Backpacks
  • Tape a piece of watercolor paper to a heavy piece of cardboard using masking tape. Run the tape along the entire edges of all four sides of the paper.

  • Use a soft lead pencil to begin your painting with a simple sketch.

  • Locate and draw the horizon line, which is the line formed where the sky and the land meet.

  • Sketch in the background objects: hills, mountains, distant trees. Background objects are typically smaller and have less detail than objects in the foreground.

  • Sketch the objects in the foreground. These objects will be larger and more detailed.

  • Use clear water and a flat brush to dampen the sky area of your picture.

  • If you're painting on a sunny day, use a medium round brush to paint a blue sky over the sky area while the paper is damp. This is applying what is called a 'wash.'

  • Create clouds by blotting the sky with a crumpled tissue while the paint is still wet.

  • Use the same wash technique to paint in large areas of background color such as hills, mountains, water and grass.

  • Wait until the watercolor paper is dry or almost dry to paint details; your paintbrush should also be nearly dry. This technique, which gives you more control over the paint flow, is called 'dry brush.'

  • Paint in details using a small round brush. Mix paint with more water to create softer, lighter hues. Use less water to create darker, more vivid colors and harder edges.

  • Allow your finished painting to dry completely, then carefully peel away the masking tape from the edges of the paper. This will leave a nice white border around the edge of your painting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider buying a watercolor block, which is a pad of water-color paper that is glued on all four sides. A watercolor block is rigid, which makes it easy to take anywhere so you can do without a drawing board.
  • Postcard-size watercolor pads are available in many stores, and they're fun to take on trips. Friends will appreciate receiving a hand-painted landscape postcard from you.

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